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Hotels, B&Bs and Caravan and Camp sites around Ellon.

Aberdeen Arms Hotel

A welcoming, friendly, independent hotel and pub in the small Aberdeenshire village of Tarves. Opened in 1810, Aberdeen Arms Hotel offers quality accommodation, food and drink.
We offer a popular public bar (the only one in the village), a lounge bar and restaurant, a function hall and four comfortable bedrooms all with televisions, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities.
We also offer outside catering and a mobile bar for any event or occasion.

Our hotel is located right in the middle of Tarves, which is five miles from Ellon; 20 miles from the vibrant city of Aberdeen and we're close to Haddo House and Country Park, Tolquhon Gallery, Pitmedden Garden and the ruins of Tolquhon Castle.

Aden Caravan and Camping

Nestled in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire and situated at the gateway to the 230 acre Aden Country Park, the award-winning Aden Caravan and Camping offers the perfect location for visiting the North East of Scotland.

Aden House Bed and Breakfast

We are situated within the lovely village of Old Deer , 35 miles from Aberdeen International Airport and city. We have beautiful beaches just 15 miles from us and the lovely Aden Country Park entrance is a few hundred yards away, ideal for that relaxing break with your family and dog. 

Aikenshill House Bed and Breakfast

Aikenshill House AA/STB 5 star property located to the south of Ellon just off the A90 offers modern living in a traditional wrapping. Set in its own grounds with commanding views across the Buchan countryside . 

This spacious and well-appointed guest house affords stunning views over rolling sand dunes as well as easy access to some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside and top visitor attractions.

Set in two acres, Aikenshill is the premium option for those looking for Bed and Breakfast in the North East. Just 500m from Trump International Golf Links, Aikenshill is ideally located for those travelling to the North East to play a round on some of the best courses in Scotland.

Annie's Tea Room

Coffee & Ice Cream Shop located in the middle of Ellon over looking the River Ythan

Bankforde AIRBNB

Semi-detached, 200 year old, five bedroom property with one ensuite bedroom available through Airbnb. The house is situated in the heart of Ellon, a beautiful town, 16 miles north of Aberdeen.

The property is a stone's throw away from the River Ythan and picturesque walks pass within yards of the house. The ensuite bedroom has modern décor with a double bed and tea and coffee facilities.

Beachside Coffee Shop

Purpose built coffee shop serving a range of teas/coffees, home bakes and delicious fresh food.

Beehive Cottage Self Catering

Beehive Cottage is a fully equipped two bedroom self catering accomodation sleeping up to five people. We are on the route of the North East 250, overlooking the Sands of Forvie nature reserve and Cotehill Loch and just 2 minutes from the seaside village of Collieston.

Collieston has a family friendly beach and ice cream shop. Other beaches at Newburgh, Hackley Bay, Cruden Bay and of course Aberdeen are within easy reach. Several golf courses within 10 minutes drive include the Trump International Links

Great location as a base for family cycling due to an extensive network of very quiet B roads. There are National Trust attractions close by, lots of castles, gardens and parks including Haddo House, Pitmedden Gardens, Aden Country Park, Crathes, Craigevar, Drum and Fraser Castles.

The town of Ellon is 10 minutes away and offers a selection of take-aways, restaurants, pubs and local amenities including a large Tesco. Newburgh is 5 mins away and has a good pub, corner shop etc. Fine dining at award winning restaurants 'Eat on the Green' and the 'Cock and Bull' are both a short drive away.

Brae Cottage Holiday Home

Versatile country cottage renovated to a high spec available for holidays, overnight B&B, wedding parties. Sleeps up to 6, close to many local wedding venues

Brae cottage is ideal for holidays and short breaks, particularly for wedding parties or their guests as we are situated close to many of the North-East's premier wedding venues such as Meldrum House, Haddo House, Fyvie Castle, Thainstone House and others.
The accommodaton includes one double en-suite room and two twin rooms, comfortably sleeping 6 people and offering outstanding value.

Bridge Bar

Traditional pub serving beers, wines and spirits. Regular screenings of major sporting events.

Bruckley Arms

A local business that is very popular and busy. The restaurant located at the back of the building has a vast array of delicious foods to offer and the Bar located at the front of the building has very friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere.​

Bruxie Holiday Cottage-Honeysuckle Cottage

The 2-bedroom Bruxie Holiday Cottages is located in Maud, 2.5 km of Owl and Pussycat Centre as well as within 3.5 km from Aden Country Park. An equipped kitchenette area with a microwave, a dishwasher and a washing machine is included at the villa so that guests can cook for themselves.

Buchan Hotel

Family owned and managed, The Buchan Hotel and Restaurant in Ellon offers the best in traditional Scottish hospitality.
We're in the centre of the picturesque town of Ellon, overlooking the River Ythan, with its famous estuary and excellent fishing beats. Breakfast, morning coffees, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals are served daily. Our rooms are ensuite and guests enjoy free WiFi and parking.

Relax in our public bar where the atmosphere is both warm and friendly. Catch up with local stories from some of our regulars who are always willing to extend a good Scottish welcome.

By The Bay Bed and Breakfast

By The Bay Bed & Breakfast is a completely new facility, converted from a large, one hundred year old family house using the finest quality materials and exercising every care in providing an exceptionally high standard of accommodation throughout. The proprietors live in the property adjoining and will be available 24/7 to ensure visitor’s needs are completely satisfied.

Cafe' 48

Cafe48 is the Community Cafe of Udny Community Trust located in the heart of Pitmedden.

We aim to offer a comfortable and relaxed environment for eating in or outdoor seating.

Check out our daily offerings on Facebook

Cock & Bull

Situated next to the restaurant our newly refurbished Blairton cottage has everything you need for the night. Breakfast can be provided either in your room, the restaurant or in your own private garden.

Blairton is ideally suited for both professionals and tourists visiting on business or pleasure so let us provide you with a unique place to stay to take the hassle out of getting home.

Country Park Inn

The Country Park Inn is a family run business, located in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside. Meals are served daily in our newly decorated restaurant and our friendly bar throughout the day and we have our fantastic carvery serving every Sunday. The Country Park Inn also has two Private Hire Spaces. Our Function Hall seats 100, with standing capacity for 160. Wedding, Funeral and Party packages are available. Trax Nightclub is available to private function bookings and is the ideal location to host birthdays or hen/stag nights. We have two bedrooms available for both short term and long term bookings. 

Cruden Bay Bed & Breakfast

The Old Red House Bed & Breakfast is situated in Cruden Bay and we welcome travellers from all corners of the globe who come to visit the Buchan area.

Cruden Bay Bed and Breakfast is a stones throw from the world class Cruden Bay Golf Course. It is no more than 20 paces from the 2nd fairway so ideally suited for those planning a round or two.

It is also perfectly placed as a base for those visiting the North East of Scotland with a mind to play other courses in the area which include Trump International Scottish Golf Course, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links to name but a few favoured by visitors to the area, all of which are less than 30 minutes drive from the beautiful costal fishing village of Cruden Bay.


The bar with ten taps sits in the shadow of the giant external fermenters on the Brewdog brewery site in Ellon. As you relax and enjoy hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals you are separated from the brewkit by a single glass door. What better way to enjoy BrewDog beer than in the place it was created, where you can smell the hops emanating from your glass and the brewery at the same time? 

Dragon House Chinese Takeaway

Popular carryout offering Chinese and Thai dishes. Good food, plenty of it and great value.

Dunes Bed and Breakfast

The house has 5 bedrooms (4 with ensuite bathrooms) and can sleep up to 10 people. The ground floor rooms both have large king sized beds and ensuite bathrooms. The third bedroom has a double bed and ensuite bathroom. The fourth bedroom can be set as a double or twin bed with ensuite bathroom. The fifth bedroom has two single beds.

East Garden Chinese Takeaway

Popular open kitchen offering Chinese and Thai takeaways. Good food, plenty of it and great value.

Eat On The Green

Home of the Kilted Chef. Creating good food using only the best local ingredients is at the heart of everything we do. 

Ellon Royal British Legion

Facilities for comradeship for ex-Service people and family.

GPH Home & Garden

JRD Ellon is a Home & Garden Superstore with everything you need for your Home or Garden.

Located in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, JRD is the perfect shopping destination for all ages. Take a break in our Broomie's Restaurant, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals through the day.

With a huge range of products available from over 1000 different leading brands, JRD offers customers a fantastic range of quality and affordable products.

Greenbrae Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

A warm welcome awaits you at this rural retreat. You will be greeted with refreshments on your arrival that you can take in the sunroom, which has extensive views over the rolling Buchan countryside. In your room you will find a hospitality tray with a wide variety of teas, coffee, hot choclate, fruit and biscuits. As well as the sun room there is the snug, which is a cosy sitting room with a log fire. Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 9.00 or earlier if youi wish, when you can sample fresh eggs from our own hens. A healthy, low fat, three-course evening meal can be provided on request using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible. Most of the vegetables are fresh from the fields via "veg in a box" more and more are from Greenbrae's own garden.

Hosefield Livery and Bed and Breakfast

Hosefield is a family run B&B and equestrian small-holding set in 13 acres of beautiful Aberdeenshire just a mile from the historic town of Ellon.

Jax Chipper

Family run chipper bringing you fresh, affordable fish and chips, and more...

Kilmarnock Arms Hotel

In the heart of Cruden Bay, steeped in history. With Bram Stoker a regular visitor in the late 1800's this small but perfectly formed 19 bedroom hotel prides itself on locally sourced traditional fayre with a modern twist.

With the world renowned Cruden Bay Golf Club, picturesque beach, historic Port Erroll harbour and Slains Castle just a short stroll from the hotel, whether your stay is for business or pleasure, our relaxed and friendly atmosphere will have you feeling this is your home from home in Aberdeenshire.


Fast food but fresh. Pizzas, kebabs, burgers and all your fast food favourites freshly made and cooked in an open kitchen. Phone orders and local delivery available.

Murly Tuck Cafe

Takeaway and cafe. Freshly prepared food, tea and coffee. Made to order sandwiches, paninis, toasties and soup, daily specials and hot meals.

Mustard Seed Café

Café in the heart of the village offering Soups, sandwiches and home bakes.

Nazma Tandoori

Indian restaurant and carryout offering dishes from around the Indian subcontinent. Great food and plenty of it. Phone orders and local delivery available.

Newburgh Inn

Great food is at the heart of our Inn - great “pub food” with a few surprises from our dedicated team of chefs. Local produce is the basis of all our dishes, including herbs from our own newly planted garden, complimented by a great selection of over 100 malt whiskies, an extensive range of spirits, 4 cask ales plus a great choice of craft & draught beers and lagers.

Our Sunday Carvery with its great value roasts has become a ‘must do’ event.

We also have 11 high quality bedrooms, all with comfortable hypnos kingsize beds, powerful en-suite showers, large flat screen TVs, free WIFI, free sky movies and more, plus all the other facilities you would expect from a 4* Inn.

Newton House

Newton House is a 7 bedroomed (with ensuite) self catering let in Aberdeenshire. Newly restored, this is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

Nearby: Fyvie Castle, Haddo House, Cruden Bay Golf Club, Trump International

Nosh Ellon

Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi fusion dishes. Take your time in the restaurant or enjoy the same dishes in the comfort of your own home. Quality AND Quantity at the best prices. Order by phone, online or in person for collection or local delivery.

Outlander Boutique Bed and Breakfast

Outlander Boutique Bed and Breakfast was born from the brilliant idea of a group of two entrepreneurs who share a love for travel and adventure. Our key elements are exceptional services, elegant design, and a commitment to simplicity. When guests choose to book with us, they can expect a truly distinctive experience. here you can find a home away from home, with comfortable and super cozy rooms. From the moment they step through our doors, guests are greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere that is characteristic of Outlander Boutique Bed and Breakfast. With plush bedding, attentive concierge services, and exquisite design, we strive to create a memorable stay for every guest.

OGV Taproom Newburgh on Ythan

Our stunning Taproom is situated within the club house of the Newburgh golf course!

Pan Fish Bar and Chinese Takeaway 

Serves noodles, soup, duck, curry dishes and more. Check out our menu on the website.

Platform 5 Café

We provide fresh, quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible. We aim to provide consistent, delicious combinations with coffee and cakes unique to Platform 5. Where else can you enjoy the Frank Sinatra, Joan Of Arc, Nelson Mandela, George Double Ya and Eddy Grant Panini. Come and give them a try, fortune favours the Brave!!! Come give our coffee a try? It’s unique to us, developed with Grain and Grind, to give Platform 5 coffee a flavour all of its own.

Room on the River Bed and Breakfast

A family owned Bed and Breakfast situated by the bank of the 'Water of Cruden' river which flows through Cruden Bay. Our architecturally-designed home - 'Burnbrae House' - has its own self-contained ensuite bedroom furnished to a high specification for your comfort. We are in a perfect, peaceful location for exploring all that Cruden Bay has to offer from its beautiful gold sandy beaches to the traditional Scottish Links golf course, as well as the surrounding Aberdeenshire coastline and countryside. A bus stop outside our house provides a regular service to the centre of Aberdeen or to nearby Peterhead.

Saplinbrae Hotel and Lodges

It all started at a kitchen table on our family farm, strewn with paperwork, tea and toast, and our wee boy’s toys. We knew when we bought Saplinbrae that we wanted to capture the essence of that table, and the stories it could tell of family and friends together, enjoying good food, good wine and good times, and everyone retiring, fuzzy with happiness, to a cosy bed at the end of the night. We are farmers, and we believe in natural hospitality — serving delicious food and great wine to all who walk through our doors, with that all important smile. All of our bedrooms have traditional character that is rooted in the history of the area— original cornices, quirks and nooks and crannies. We have complemented each with local art, antique prints and touches of tweed from our local mill.

Sea Salt and Sole

Our haddock is sourced daily to provide you with a fresh, delicious fish supper from sustainable suppliers. Our other North-East specialities such as langoustines, scampi & rock turbot are landed from reputable local fisherman and served as fresh as possible to you. 

Shakes and Cakes

Takeaway and cafe, there's a great range of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, ice cream, cakes and other desserts, washed down with teas, coffees and cold drinks. 

Smithfield of Ythanbank Croft

In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, Smithfield is positioned on the edge of Ythanbank, a hamlet nestled in the valley of the River Ythan. Just 10 minutes from Ellon & Methlick, and 30 minutes from Aberdeen & Peterhead, this high quality campsite at the 200 year old home of the Thomas-Wright family offers 5 pitches and 4 beds in an onsite lodge. There is a beautifully clean wash house for campers to use and cooked breakfasts are available.

Smithfield is an ideal base from which to explore the treasures of the North East of Scotland.

SYMPOSIUM coffee house

Coffees from around the world, speciality teas, sandwiches, home baked cakes and treats alongside delicious cold drinks. We're open all day in Neil Ross Square.


In the centre of Ellon, a local cafe' working hard to provide fresh food and refreshments. Eat inside or takeaway.

The Chocolate Bar

A little café with chocolate delights galore, deliciously natural and fresh produce, friendly service and cosy surroundings. And, at the heart of this, an award-winning chocolatier and her fantastic staff.

Situated in the bustling little town – you will find delicious chocolatey treats using the finest Belgian chocolate and triple filtered coffee to go with it.

All this along with a perfect spot to relax after sightseeing and shopping. Spoil yourself with the little pieces of heaven that are served here. 

The Coffee Apothecary - Ellon

We offer the best in speciality coffees, teas and hearty meals made from local produce, alongside delicious home baked cakes and treats.

You'll find our sister cafe in Pitmedden.

The Coffee Apothecary - Pitmedden

We offer the best in speciality coffees, teas and hearty meals made from local produce, alongside delicious home baked cakes and treats.

You'll find our sister cafe in Ellon.

The New Inn

The New Inn Hotel, just 16 miles from Aberdeen and overlooking the River Ythan in Ellon, is an historic coaching inn built in 1704 to serve the travellers and coaches crossing the ford.

We serve breakfast, lunch, high tea, snacks and à la carte dinner. Enjoy fine dining in The Corn Kist Restaurant, the relaxing environment of our lounge bar, and comfortable accommodation in one of our luxury ensuite rooms. In addition, we have two large function suites which are suitable for any occasion.

There is free Wi-Fi throughout New Inn Hotel, and free private parking on site.

The Smiddy Suite

Ellon's newest Guesthouse. It's a great place to stay for weekend getaways, attending weddings/parties, visiting Brewdog, business trips. Has its own private entrance and parking.
A cosy suite with modern facilities in a quiet central location by the River Ythan! What more could you want?

The Station Hotel

The Station Hotel has been run as a family business ever since it was built to serve the new railway in 1891. Its 16 refurbished ensuite rooms have TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and telephones. There are 2 bars, and the Arches restaurant serves country fayre made with locally sourced produce. The railway is now the Aberdeen to Banff cycle route. There's a large, free car park and a 150 person function room with event catering onsite.

Ellon is just 16 miles north of Aberdeen and combines all the advantages of having a major thriving city on its doorstep with a tranquil rural setting. A peaceful little town in beautiful scottish countryside.

The Tollbooth

Traditional pub serving beers, wines and spirits. Guest ales always available on hand pumps. Regular screenings of major sporting events. Food available to order.

Tigh Na Mhor Cruden Bay Bed and Breakfast

Located on the beautiful north east coast of Scotland between Aberdeen and Peterhead. This spacious home can sleep up to 13 guests and comes with a range of modern features and amenities,

Tumbledown Croft

Tumbledown Croft is a newly renovated cosy modern cottage with beautiful views over the Aberdeenshire countryside. With 2 bedrooms, bathroom with shower, kitchen /living area with wood burning stove and outside Seating area. Designed to cater for small families and those who want a quality break. The cottage is situated 2 miles from the coastal village of Cruden Bay where you can enjoy the beautiful golden beach , championship golf course and breathtaking Slains Castle and much more.

Udny Arms Hotel

The Udny Arms Hotel in Newburgh, on the North East coast of Scotland, is a family-owned historic building that dates back to approximately 1865, and is one of the centrepieces of our village.

Our fully refurbished hotel & restaurant offers a unique and comfortable stay, accompanied by a contemporary Scottish culinary experience, in a picturesque coastal setting.

White Horse Inn

The Lounge Bar and Restaurant both feature lovely welcoming ambiances thanks to the Hotel's recent high-end makeover. That makes it the ideal setting for a gathering with loved ones or friends and delicious meals.We have a large selection of beverages at our bar, and we have several sporting events on our big screens. Our well regarded bar lunches and suppers are something we are proud of. The White Horse Inn has excellent accommodation with twenty elegantly decorated rooms catering for either the single travellers, couples or family. We offer wheelchair accessibility, pet-friendly dining, Sunday roasts, lunch specials, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options at our lounge and restaurant to accommodate everyone. Along with freshly brewed coffee, we also provide an extensive choice of single malt wine, spirits, local beers, and drink.

Ythan Bakery

Open early for a wide range of high quality takeaway breakfast butties, sandwiches, pies, lunches, teas and coffees as well as freshly baked bread and cakes.

Ythan Valley Campsite

A small hideaway campsite with a semi-wild camping feel. Located in the Ythan Valley on the outskirts for Aberdeen where you can order fresh bread and eggs for your arrival from the local farm shop. This family run site is for tents only and even offers up a cooked tasty breakfast hand delivered to your tent in the morning. With some of the best sand dunes in Scotland located close by.

Ythan View Hotel

A family run hotel, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, which serves the local community and outlying areas.

We have a well established restaurant serving home cooked food to suit all tastes and diets.

Our rooms are well looked after and will provide you with a comfortable stay in this child friendly establishment.

The Ythanview has been in the good beer guide since 1999 with a choice of real ales always available. We also have a large selection of malt whiskies including our own “Lairds”.

Village interests, such as fishing, shooting, cricket and football, are all topics keenly discussed in the bar. The hotel is also the headquarters of the Methlick Cricket Club (MCC).

Situated in Methlick, Aberdeenshire, we are close to many historic sites, areas of natural beauty, and activity centres, e.g. golf, fishing and skiing.

For more recommendatons and places further afield, try Ellon's main directories

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